Managing Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

During the coronavirus lockdown period and probably for the next couple of months, all of us will be starting our days feeling uncertain about the future. Some of us are still optimistic, maybe even excited about new opportunities, while others are struggling to adapt to the restrictions. Although we might react differently to the crisis, we all have one thing in common: we are grieving losses. Weddings and special gatherings have been postponed, trips are [...]

By | April 1st, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

15 Tech Tools to help Your Nonprofit Organisation Work Remotely

Nonprofits in South Africa, and around the world, are faced with the reality of digitally transforming their operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown restrictions. Our friends at TechSoup South Africa have compiled this list of tech tools that your organisation can use to work remotely during the lockdown period. Some of the solutions are offered as a donation (free of charge) and some are heavily discounted. Security 1. Bitdefender Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security [...]

By | March 25th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Seeing Opportunities During Times of Crisis

Every day brings new opportunities to celebrate, even in the midst of the most difficult of circumstances. We just need to recognise those moments. Corrie ten Boom, who survived imprisonment in the Ravensbruck concentration camp during the Holocaust, shares this story of hope*: During morning roll call that often lasted several hours in shivering cold weather conditions, Corrie faced a time of crisis. Prisoners who couldn’t remain standing, were mercilessly beaten by the guards. During [...]

By | March 20th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Coronavirus | Standing United and Staying Informed

President Ramaphosa used the Zulu phrase "Thuma Mina" in his coronavirus national address on Sunday 15 March 2020, and it couldn't have been more fitting. It means "send me" - words that Isaiah spoke centuries ago when he said: ‘And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”’ – Isaiah 6:8. As a nonprofit membership network, the time is now [...]

By | March 16th, 2020|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Nonprofit Leaders Empowered through Strategic Planning Programme

There is an African proverb that says that the future belongs to the people who plan for it today. The environment in which the civil society sector operates in South Africa is complex and filled with challenges for nonprofit organisations. In order for them to respond timeously and ethically to this changing context, leaders of nonprofit organisations need to be able to create and implement effective strategic plans. A Structure for Growth Taking time to [...]

By | January 29th, 2020|Noticeboard|0 Comments

Videos

#REALHEROES VIDEO SERIES Celebrating the ordinary people who have risen up against the odds to make a real difference in their community. People who are brave, selfless and strong. People who show courage and compassion. People who deserve the title of "hero". Songelwa's Story Cathy's Story Anele's Story Xoliswa's Story Vanessa's Story Mthetheleli's [...]

By | January 13th, 2020|Noticeboard|0 Comments

Valcare receives Highest Verification for QIS International Model

From left: Lize Meyer (Sustainability Manager, Valcare), Jolanda van der Lingen (Relationship Manager, Valcare), Mariëtte Jacobs (QIS Coordinator, Connect Network), Brendan Smith (COO, Valcare) and Paul Kabunga (Network Consultant, Viva Africa). Valcare is proud to announce that we have officially been awarded Accountability verification as part of the international Quality Improvement System (QIS) programme. This is the highest level of verification that can be presented to organisations who adhere to a set of strict criteria [...]

By | November 25th, 2019|Noticeboard|0 Comments

Celebrity Golf Day contributes to new building for Good Hope Day Care

The annual Vodacom Shop Celebrity Golf Day that was held on 7 November 2019 at Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Val de Vie Estate, managed to raise more than R600 000 in aid of one of Valcare's members, the Good Hope Day Care Centre for disabled children. The renowned golf day saw 128 golfers participate, including celebrities like Jean de Villiers, Heinz Winkler, Jacques Kallis and the current Mr South Africa, Heinrich Gabler. [...]

By | November 13th, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Human Trafficking Event Educates and Empowers Community

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” With this well-known quote from Edmund Burke, Ivan Swartz (CEO of Valcare) opened the very dynamic human trafficking training day held last week in Paarl. This training jointly hosted by Ezrah Community Training and Development NPC and Valcare as part of the Drakenstein Child Protection Programme was a collaborative effort to raise awareness about human trafficking. In light [...]

By | November 4th, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

From the CEO: Valcare Team Volunteers as Youth Mentors

At the beginning of 2019, I wrote this blog about the potential of having new year’s resolutions that really matter. We called it #RealResolutions. At Valcare, we work with community projects on a daily basis, but much of our work are behind the scenes or behind a computer. So, as a team we made a #RealResolution to personally volunteer our time to directly serve at one of our member nonprofit organisations during 2019.  After doing [...]

By | October 29th, 2019|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments